Upholstery Courses

Upholstery Course

Upholstery-CoursesTraditional and Modern Upholstery Course, by Joan Milton

This course is ideal for the DIYer / hobbyist who has an interest in upholstery.  We cater for all skill levels and because of the teaching style, you are guaranteed to get your upholstery work the way you want it.

Joan has been a professional upholsterer and teacher for 20 years. She is very active in the industry both as a director and as the past president of the Association of The Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishings of which she is a fellow.  Joan is a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and The Worshipful Company of Upholders in London. Teaching her trade gives her a great deal of pleasure and so it became inevitable that she developed this further. She now reserves her workshop several days a month for ‘Teaching Days’.

The Classes: The classes are very small with a maximum of four students. The word ‘student’ conjures up a picture of a young person but in this case it is far from the representative of those who attend. These ‘students’ range in ages from 18 to 80 and are all enthusiastic to learn.

Each Teaching Day starts around 9.15 am stopping for a light lunch, which is provided and ends around 5 pm. Accommodation can be provided either at a local Farm B & B with some self catering rooms at the edge of the Town of Ellesmere overlooking the Mere (Lake) or in a local Inn in the small village of Whittington only 10mins drive from Ellesmere, which looks over a castle.

Bring a Friend or Partner As a two day course is sometimes on a Thursday or Friday it is possible to bring along a partner or friend and extend your stay over the weekend to visit some of the more beautiful sites of Shropshire, Wales and Cheshire.

Your Project: As a student you would bring along a project or arrange for Joan to provide a new frame of a stool or chair. Joan specialises in traditional upholstery but you can also be taught modern techniques. For a beginner a simpler piece of furniture is best to start with, like a stool or dining chair but she advises you to discuss your project when you book your lesson.

What you will Need: You will need to bring your own project to the class but it is not necessary to have your own tools or materials but you are welcome to bring them along if you have any. However, top fabric or foam cut to size needs to be ordered in advance.

Cost: A 2-day course will cost just £190 plus VAT and if you require local accommodation we can recommend bed and breakfasts in the area. Upholstery is a worthwhile hobby and you will never be short of jobs around the home on which to use your newly acquired skill – but beware, you may become addicted to the craft!

Any other questions? Please email alison@jamiltonupholstery.co.uk or give us a ring on 01691 624023 and we will happily answer any of your queries.

2013 Dates

If the dates are not suitable then please call Alison on 01691 624023 who will do her best to arrange more dates


Thursday 25th & Friday 26th

 Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st


Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th

Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th


Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th

Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th


Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th

Thursday 24th & Friday 25th


Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th

Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th

Thursday 28th & Friday 29th


Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th

If you would like to make a group booking please telephone Alison on 01691 624023 to arrange more dates.

How to Book Your Lessons

You will need to book early to avoid disappointment. The cost is £190 for 2 days (+ vat charged at the standard rate). Cheques should be made payable to J A Milton Upholstery Supplies. Payment can also be made by credit/debit card over the phone.

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Any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the Sales office on 01691 624023

What our upholstery students say about us

Hi Joan and Alison.

Just wanted to say a big thank you to Joan for the excellent and very productive 2 days on the upholstery course. Just 7 more chairs to go! I now think a bedroom chair is going to be dealt with when dining chairs are finished.

Kind Regards

Sue Taylor

“Joan, I just wanted to thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding 2 days. I know we still have a long way to go but I now understand a lot  more of the ‘whys’ and can see the bigger picture which always helps! Thank you for your patience and guidance!

Could you ask Alison to email me dates of courses which are still available and if I can fit in another 2 days soon I would love to be able to finish the chair!” Many thanks, Karen